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Latest genetic and genomic news, media resources, and information of broad interest to students and educators.

Bdelloid rotifers - The Most Radiation-Resistant Animal

Description: Ionising (high-energy) radiation is bad news for living cells. Far from granting superpowers, it damages DNA, often completely breaking both strands of the all-important molecule. So how do the bdelloid rotifers survive it so well?

Cancer Researchers Band Together to Pool Tumor Genome Data

Description: Through GENIE (Genomics, Evidence, Neoplasia, Information, Exchange) several large U.S. and European academic medical centers are pooling data on patient tumor genomes and their clinical outcomes.

Explainer: What Has Been Holding Gene Therapy Back?

Description: Gene therapy is the ultimate comeback kid. A few weeks ago, it celebrated 25 years since the first trial in humans. Nobody cared. But when it was recently announced that a new type of gene therapy - only ever tested on mice - had been used to treat 17-month-old Layla Richards leukemia, everybody cared.

Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents' Bad Habits

Description: Epigenetic switches can be flipped on and off in sperm, eggs, or embryos, so your kids and grandkids can share your environmental experiences and knowledge, and be better prepared for the environment they will soon be entering.

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

Google Wants to Store Your Genome

Description: For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud.

Internet of DNA

Description: A global network of millions of genomes could be the next great advance in medicine.

Join the Thunderclap

Description: January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month! Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes, and their impact!

Leukemia Success Heralds Wave of Gene-Editing Therapies

Description: One-year-old girl treated as plans to inject DNA-cutting technology directly into patients bodies take shape.

Nano-Walkers Take Speedy Leap Forward With First Rolling DNA-Based Motor

Description: Physical chemists have devised a rolling DNA-based motor that's 1,000 times faster than any other synthetic DNA motor, giving it potential for real-world applications such as disease diagnostics. The article includes a video interview with the researcher who explains the discovery in lay-mans terms.

National Institutes of Health to Retire Last 50 Research Chimps

Description: The National Institutes of Health announced their 50 remaining chimps will be going into retirement. NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and chief executive of Chimp Haven, where the chimps will ultimately be housed.

Navigating Genetics Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Description: A training video on using online genetics education resources from the National Library of Medicine in the classroom

NHGRI Newsroom

Description: A listing of the National Human Genome Research Institute's latest genomic news

NIH Genome Sequencing Program Targets The Genomic Bases of Common, Rare Disease

Description: The National Institutes of Health will fund a set of genome sequencing and analysis centers whose research will focus on understanding the genomic bases of common and rare human diseases. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of NIH, today launched the Centers for Common Disease Genomics (CCDG), which will use genome sequencing to explore the genomic contributions to common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and autism. NHGRI also announced the next phase of a complementary program, the Centers for Mendelian Genomics (CMG), which will continue investigating the genomic underpinnings of rare, typically inherited diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.

President Obama Speaks on the Precision Medicine Initiative

Description: President Barack Obama outlined a bold, new Precision Medicine Initiative. This Initiative draws on the remarkable advances in multiple areas, particularly genomics!

Rare Disease Day

Description: Rare Disease Day takes place worldwide on the last day in February to raise awareness among policymakers and the public about rare diseases and their impact on patients lives. Each year, NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center sponsor Rare Disease Day at NIH as part of this global observance.

Science Reader App

Description: This app puts the latest news, analysis and pioneering research in your hands. Use it to read news, abstracts, career advice, and highlights from science journals.

The Future of Nanotechnology and Computers So Small You Can Swallow Them

Description: Scientists are working with nanotechnology to send computers inside patients for a more accurate and specific, diagnosis.

The Gene Hackers: A Powerful New Technology Enables Us to Manipulate our DNA More Easily Than Ever Before

Description: With CRISPR, scientists can change, delete, and replace genes in any animal, including us. Working mostly with mice, researchers have already deployed the tool to correct the genetic errors responsible for sickle-cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, and the fundamental defect associated with cystic fibrosis. One group has replaced a mutation that causes cataracts; another has destroyed receptors that H.I.V. uses to infiltrate our immune system.

Tweets of the Week

Description: Follow tweets written by Dr. Khoury, the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics

Where in the World Could the First CRISPR Baby Be Born?

Description: A look at the legal landscape suggests where human genome editing might be used in research or reproduction.